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Homework Help: Electric Charge and Field:Electrons in water droplet remains stationary in the air

  1. Jun 16, 2010 #1
    Hello everybody,

    Here is a question that I had problems with in my textbook. I can't figure it out.Can you help me out?

    A water droplet of radius 0.0018mm remains stationary in the air.If the electric field going downwards of the earth is 150 N/C,how many excess electron charges must the water droplet have?


    Relevant equations may be :

    F= kQ1Q2 / r2 for force


    k= 9.0 x 109 Nm2/C2

    E = F / q for electric field

    Electron charge = 1.6 x 10-19C
    Electron Mass = 9.11 x 10-31kg

    Thanks to anyone who can help!
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  3. Jun 16, 2010 #2

    kuruman

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    Re: Electric Charge and Field:Electrons in water droplet remains stationary in the ai

    Why would the droplet remain stationary and not fall to the ground like a drop of rain?
     
  4. Jun 17, 2010 #3
    Re: Electric Charge and Field:Electrons in water droplet remains stationary in the ai

    I don't know. Thats what I thought first, but the question is like how I wrote it. What would be the method if it did fall like a normal water drop?
     
  5. Jun 17, 2010 #4

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    Re: Electric Charge and Field:Electrons in water droplet remains stationary in the ai

    You are told that the droplet is suspended in mid air and you should believe that. How many forces do you think act on the drop when it is suspended in mid air?
     
  6. Jun 18, 2010 #5
    Re: Electric Charge and Field:Electrons in water droplet remains stationary in the ai

    Well, there is the force of gravity and the force of the electron that goes the opposite direction to the electric field. I forgot totally about the gravity! Ok I'll try to calculate now.
     
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